Sexual Harassment: it's NOT a joke
I’m pretty angry. Want to know why? Well, I’m going to tell you anyway. Sam Pepper is why I am angry.
For those of you who are unaware of who Sam Pepper is, he is a successful YouTuber who tends to pull a lot of pranks. He has 2.4 million subscribers and over 1.162 million followers on Twitter, so you could say he’s a bit of a big deal.
I have personally never been fond of him. He gets into public social media arguments with other people and the like. But now I despise him.
His last video posted this weekend was titled “fake hand ass pinch prank” where he basically grabbed female’s bums as a prank. I’m sorry, what? This isn’t a prank, it’s a form of sexual harassment. And no, I’m not being a moany little bitch or anything, because here is the actual definition of sexual harassment:
Sexual harassment is bullying or coercion of a sexual nature, or the unwelcome or inappropriate promise of rewards in exchange for sexual favors.
If you watch the video you can clearly see that the majority of Pepper’s victims are not welcoming his actions and one woman even stated she didn’t like it. Whether or not he apologised afterward or not doesn’t mean anything. Just saying sorry after doing something wrong and inappropriate doesn’t magically make it better.
This isn’t the first time Pepper has done this, either. Videos titled “How Make Out with Strangers” released last year, Sam pressured women on camera to make out with him and again many of those women were visibly not happy with it. They painfully agree to the request feeling confused and caught off guard with great discomfort.
Another video, “How to Pick Up Girls with a Lasso” Sam is seen physically restraining women in public with lassos and yet again, they are alarmed and frightened to be restrained by a stranger.
Not only is this inappropriate and upsetting for the victims but with Sam’s huge following, he is signalling of the wrong message to his fans and the future generation. That it’s okay to do these kind of inappropriate acts and it’s just “harmless fun” when, in fact it is the opposite.
Sexual harassment is illegal and wrong on so many levels. At what point was it said that we were put on this earth to let others take advantage of us or be in a personal area of our own private areas for their own amusement?
This is not a prank- it’s down right wrong and inappropriate and if performing these acts weren’t bad enough, publicising it to over 2.4 million people across the world- with the majority of them being young- and labelling it as a prank is horrific.
What is that teaching future generations? What kind of world will we be living in if this was okay?
I feel that YouTube personalities have a responsibility. The YouTube generation is rapidly increasing in popularity and they have a responsibility to set examples to the younger and future generation. Yes, it’s okay to be silly and have a joke, but not to the extent as the ones discussed in this blog. It was not, is not and never will be a joke. Fans will try and protect Pepper and say that it’s okay and it’s just a joke because they idolise him. And then what? They copy his actions?
This is just one of thousands of messages from Pepper’s fans:
I sincerely hope that those people who consider this just fun and a joke end up realising it really isn’t and I sincerely hope Sam understands his actions aren’t acceptable. So far, despite being a worldwide trend and negative feedback from people including other YouTubers and the like, Sam has ignored the incident and I fear he will choose to ignore it or apologise, making the whole thing a “forgive and forget” which it shouldn’t be. An important issue like this needs to be addressed.
That’s all I have to say on this subject but I would like to read your opinions, too, so comment them or leave links to your own feedback below.
Thanks for reading.
Jazz is a Disney, tea and pop culture enthusiast with a passion for blogging. Also a proud introvert.